Next year’s presidential election will be among the most polarised in American history, a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll finds, as more than half of Americans now identify with either the tea party or Occupy Wall Street.
Similar in tenor, yet drawing from opposite ends of the ideological spectrum, both movements have large anti-establishment ideologies — and embrace public protest as a means to spread it.
President Barack Obama, meanwhile, is the subject of overwhelming frustration that he has been slow to implement Wall Street reforms and get the economy going again.
Obama has tried to embrace the frustrations of the Occupy movement — citing them as a reason he should be elected — but increasingly he is viewed as part of the establishment they are unhappy with.
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